Fri. May 26 2017

Atlantic Scallop Prices Continue to Crash in May with Landings Up 23% from Last Year  


Oregon, California Governors Ask Feds to Declare Catastrophic Salmon Disaster  


California Salmon Hearing Includes Warnings of Impending Disasters, Some Solutions  


Southeast Alaska Spring Troll Fishery for Chinook Closes Monday  


VIDEO: Ecuador’s Shrimp Production and Sales to Asia Reach Records; Alaska’s Salmon is Underway  


Ancient Genetic Markers in Sockeye Salmon Can Help Manage Healthier Fish Stocks  


Study Says US Investments on Aquaculture Research Pay Dividends


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


MSC Certifies the Greenland Halibut Fishery off West Greenland as Sustainable  


Seafood.com News Summary Friday May 26, 2017


New Zealand Boosts Fisheries Budget by US$21.5 Million


Thu. May 25 2017

Further Restrictions on Copper River Kings as Landings Higher than Expected in First Two Fishing Per  


New Rockfish Longevity and Spawning Info Will Help Stock Assessments and Ensure Healthy Populations   (0) 


Rick Speed Joins ISA as VP Sales; Parent Company Shifts Marketing Approach  


Miffed Land Grabber Attempts to Block Pacific’s Surimi Plant Deal in Threat to Whiting Fishery  


DHL Now Shipping Live Crabs and Seafood from Northern Norway to South Korea and US Markets  


Sea to Table Expands Seafood Delivery Service Directly to Consumers


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Teams Up With Spain's Largest Seafood Canner Jealsa  


DFO Identifies 140,000 km of Ocean West of Vancouver Island for MPA Designation


Seafood.com News Summary Thursday May 25, 2017


Wed. May 24 2017

Oregon Pink Shrimp Volume Steady; Small Sizes Remain a Concern  


DFO Opens Newfoundland's 3Ps Inshore Cod Fishery But Issues No Decision for Offshore Harvesters  


Chilean Customs Workers Go On Strike Indefinitely  


WWF Study: Shrimp Can Be Traced Back to Their Country of Origin Through Elemental Profiling  


ISSF Compliance Report Focuses on Tuna Best Practices, Collaboration  


SCeMFiS Funds Seven Research Projects Affecting Fisheries Management  


Cape Greig Walrus are Back, ADF&G Plans Changed Fishery Boundary Again


Seafood.com News Summary Wednesday May 24, 2017


Tue. May 23 2017

Congressional Trade Committee Hears Testimony About US Seafood Trade Deficits from ASPA and NFI  


RFM Certification Underway for Five Alaska Crab Fisheries, ASMI Calls for Stakeholders Input  


Chinook Salmon Research in Yukon and Nushagak Rivers Designed to Help Manage Fisheries  


Commerce Department Rescinds Duty Rate Review for Chinese Shrimp Exporters  


Santa Monica Hires Dave Harrison as VP of Procurement


Long John's Featuring Buttermilk Breaded Alaskan Cod on Menu for the Summer  


Canada's Redfish Fishery Earns MSC Certification  


VIDEO: Ecuador's Shrimp Output and Sales to Asia Reach Records  


James Beard Chef Says Maine Should Start Eating its Invasive Green Crab Problem


Seafood.com News Summary Tuesday May 23, 2017


Mon. May 22 2017

Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports at Record Level in 2017 as Sales to Asia Dominate Market Share  


F/V America's Finest, Largest Catcher Processor Built in US in 30 Years, May Need Jones Act Waiver


First Copper River Opener Took Nearly Half the Chinook Forecasted Harvest and 36,000 Sockeye  


PODCAST: Canada’s Snow Crab Market Stabilizes and China’s Era of High Shrimp Output Fades  


Seafood.com News Summary Monday May 22, 2017


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Oregon Detects One "Hot" Dungeness Crab Near Winchester Bay 

Oregon fishery managers closed part of the state to recreational crabbing Wednesday due to elevated levels of domoic acid, raising concerns about potential changes for the commercial crab fishery. Fishery managers said crab tested from the Newport area were clean and the one "hot" crab off of Winchester Bay might be an anomaly. The recreational closure comes at a time when the commercial fishery off the southern Oregon Coast is booming. A decision about the commercial fishery is expected today.

In other news, Thailand has stepped up prosecutions for human trafficking and hopes its status will be upgraded in the annual U.S. Trafficking in Persons report, the foreign minister said on Thursday. In 2016, Thailand said it investigated 333 cases tied to human trafficking. Of those, Thai officials prosecuted 301 people and convicted 268. In last year's TIP report, Thailand reported investigating 317 cases, prosecuting 242 people, and convicting 241. "We believe that any government would have a good feeling about, or even admire, what we have done," Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said in a news conference. "We certainly are hopeful we'll be viewed favorably."

A notorious anti-science climate skeptic, Kenneth Haapala, is no longer part of the “landing” team overseeing hires at NOAA and the Department of Commerce. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was among a group senators that opposed the Trump Administration's decision to include Haapala in the transition team. "Haapala, who does not hold an advanced degree in any of the natural sciences, has made a career out of denying the science behind climate change and advocating against actions necessary to protect Americans from its worst impacts. NOAA is a technical agency that produces world-class science to help businesses, governments and individuals manage risk and understand the environments where they are operating," said Senator Whitehouse in a letter he sent to President Trump.

Meanwhile, Russian fishery officials confirmed quota increases for its snow (opilio) and bairdi crab fisheries in the Far East for the 2017 fishing season. The combined quota from the North Okhotsk and Primorskiy regions will be about 25,700 tons, which is a 16 percent increase. Bairdi will be 5200 tons mostly in the Kamchatka Kurile sub area. The Russian red king crab quota, meanwhile, is set at 21,672 tons, a 25 percent increase to the quota.

Finally, Spain's Supreme Court overturned severe penalties doled out to key figures working for family-owned fishing company Vidal Armadores for their involvement in a large IUU toothfish fishing ring. The Court said that Spanish national law is insufficient to pin a crime on persons when acts are committed in a place where those acts are not a criminal offense, in this case, that means the High Seas. Both legal experts and toothfish industry participants say this decision sets a dangerous precedent that could spark attempts to resume IUU activity.

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